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Pan-European Conference "Sport and Prison"

16-17 June 2014


French National Olympic and Sports Committee

Maison du sport Français
1 avenue de Pierre de Coubertin
75640 Paris cedex 13



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Sport in prison research

Prisoners on the move

Move into sport, move through sport!

Prof. Dr. Marc Theeboom
Prof. Dr. Kristine De Martelaer
Research assistant Zeno Nols


1)Purpose and framing of the research
2)Timing and methodology
3)Prison life ‘in a nutshell’
-Survey (with summary after each theme)
- In-depth screening (2 case studies)


•The European commission has adopted new proposals aimed at strengthening the social, economic and organisational dimensions of sport

•“Sport is important for Europe’s economy and a key component of its social model. The measures we have adopted today highlight sport’s contribution to our society and will help improve the way sport is run.” (Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Youth and Sport)

•‘Prisoners on the Move! Move into sport, move through sport!’. Project leader: De Rode Antraciet vzw (DRA - The Red Anthracite)

•Main objective: “Aiming for the reintegration of prisoners into community as an overall policy in detention, sport(-related) initiatives with the focus on social inclusion will be developed. In particularly the group of ethnic cultural minorities, who are overrepresented in EU-prisons (until 50% and more)”


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